Challenges facing an understanding of the nature of low-energy excited states in photosynthesis

  • While the majority of the photochemical states and pathways related to the biological capture of solar energy are now well understood and provide paradigms for artificial device design, additional low-energy states have been discovered in many systems with obscure origins and significance. However, as low-energy states are naively expected to be critical to function, these observations pose important challenges. A review of known properties of low energy states covering eight photochemical systems, and options for their interpretation, are presented. A concerted experimental and theoretical research strategy is suggested and outlined, this being aimed at providing a fully comprehensive understanding.

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Author:J. Reimers, M. Biczysko, D. Bruce, D.F. Coker, T.J. Frankcombe, H. Hashimoto, J. Hauer, R. Jankowiak, Tobias Kramer, J. Linnanto, F. Mamedov, F. Müh, M. Rätsep, T. Renger, S. Styring, J. Wan, Z. Wang, Z.-Y. Wang-Otomo, Y.-X. Weng, C. Yang, J.-P. Zhang, A. Freiberg, E. Krausz
Document Type:Article
Parent Title (English):BBA Bioenergetics
Volume:1857
Issue:9
First Page:1627
Last Page:1640
Year of first publication:2016
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbabio.2016.06.010

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